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Inside My Wardrobe: Skirts Purchased in 2015 That I Still Wear...or Don't

It's been several months since my last Inside My Wardrobe post (inspired by Debbie at My Wardrobe, Myself), so I decided it was high time to revisit this series. In my prior posts, I reviewed the 6 garments in my closet that I purchased in 2014 and still wear (and I still do wear all 6 of these) and shared my accessories from 2014 and earlier (126 pieces!).


This month, I'm going to turn my attention to clothing dating to 2015, starting with the 3 skirts from that era still in my closet.


My 2014 garments featured a grey/black knit skirt and a black/white knit skirt, and oddly enough, so do my 2015 ones. Both of these skirts, one thrifted and one bought new, have met my cost per wear goal of under $1 but fall quite short of my 30 wears goal. I'm especially surprised that the black polka dot one has only 18 wears as my feeling is that I wore it a lot when it was new, but I have become familiar with that initial sense of surprise I get when the data shows I've worn things less than I think. In both of these cases, I split my wears between these skirts and the similar ones from 2014.

Skirts in my closet

Some examples of how I've worn these skirts for cool/cold weather over the years include, starting with the striped one...


Matching layered neutrals and a pop of color solid scarf.

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OOTD 1/29/18

Matching layered neutrals and a pop of color print scarf (print mixed).

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OOTD 2/10/20

A matching neutral, a colored neutral, and a bridge piece print scarf (print mixed).

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OOTD 3/20/18

A matching neutral, an accent/rainbow color, and a bridge piece print scarf (print mixed).

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OOTD 4/3/18

And the wild card outfit: two bright accent/rainbow colors and a semi-matching neutral print (major print mix).

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OOTD 3/13/17

For the polka dot skirt, we have...


Matching neutral animal motif sweater and a pop of color solid scarf (recently featured here).

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OOTD 11/7/16

Bright colored animal motif sweater and a neutral jacket.

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OOTD 1/24/18

Accent colored print top, denim jacket, and matching neutral high-contrast solid scarf (print mixed).

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OOTD 3/4/20

A matching neutral, an accent/rainbow color, and a bridge piece print scarf (print mixed).

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OOTD 12/12/17

And the wild card outfit: a bright accent/rainbow color and multiple matching neutral prints (major print mix).

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OOTD 2/11/20

When I realized that I hadn't worn the striped skirt since February 2020 or the polka dot skirt since March 2020 (almost 4 years!), I decided I needed to pull these skirts out of my closet and re-evaluate them. And I realized that in both cases, I had another skirt in the same colors that could serve the same function that I would rather wear. Instead of the striped one, I prefer the grey polka dot skirt from 2014. Instead of the black polka dot one, I prefer a black knit skirt that I wear sideways to create an asymmetrical hemline (thrifted in 2019). So I have now eliminated these two skirts from my wardrobe without regrets. (I have set them aside for now as I consider whether I want to upcycle the fabric into something else. Because they are very nice knits, I think there's potential there.)

Skirt substitutions

My third and final skirt from 2015 is this wonderful swirly black and white skirt with an undulating vertical stripe print that I call my "reeds" skirt. I was happy to find this skirt in a Tall size that placed the hemline just below my knee, which is a favorite length of mine. I have met my cost per wear goal of under $1 with this skirt, but I have a ways to go to reach 30 wears.

Skirt in my wardrobe

Ways I've worn this skirt for winter include...


A matching neutral and a rainbow/accent color.

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OOTD 1/25/18

A matching neutral and a colorful print scarf (print mixed).

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OOTD 12/8/16

Matching neutral layers with an animal motif.

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OOTD 2/27/18

Matching neutral animal motif sweater and a pop of color solid vest.

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OOTD 2/4/20

Matching neutral layers with an animal motif and a print (print mixed).

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OOTD 1/17/17

And the wild card outfit: matching neutrals and a print cardigan (major print mix).

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Unlike the previous two skirts, this one is unusual (not similar to anything else in my wardrobe) and continues to make it into outfits. My most recent OOTD with this skirt is from last fall when the warm weather continued well into October, extending bare leg season. However, it is easy to imagine winterizing this look by substituting a long-sleeved top, a heavier cardigan, and tights with boots.

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OOTD 10/11/23

I created an easy print mix by adding a silky butterfly motif scarf with a maroon background that matched the top. I liked the repetition of the curving lines from the skirt in the butterflies.

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The maroon shoes create a simple matching top & shoes color formula that is a favorite of mine.

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My daily bracelet stack is based on one of my oldest paper bead bracelet sets in black, dark red, and beige. I finished it off with a variety of dark red, black, and gold bead bracelets.

DIY paper bead bracelet set

The top tube paper bead bracelet was made from this image of a cute elephant print shirt in a Coldwater Creek catalog {tutorial}. Because the image was small without enough paper to create the entire strip from this page, I used the technique shared in this post of cutting the image in half and gluing it to a larger piece of paper from which I cut the strips. The upside of the small scale image is that the elephant figures are visible in their entirety on the rolled beads.

DIY paper bead page to bead example

I recently made a pair of bead soup stack earrings to go with the paper bead bracelet set, using gold as the metal. I picked two wood beads in the same shade of ivory/cream as the wood beads I used as spacers on the striped bracelet. The remaining beads are dark red and black glass beads accented with simple gold-tone bead caps. I'm pretty sure that all these beads came from the Boss's Bead Bag from Fire Mountain Gems, a mixed bead grab bag that in my experience has a lot of very simple pressed glass beads (the bead caps were purchased from FMG also).

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Design bead soup earrings for a paper bead bracelet set

Do you own any knit skirts? Do you have any skirts from 2015 (or earlier) still in your wardrobe? Do you find yourself buying pieces that are very similar that cause you to split your wears and reduce how often you wear each one? Do you have any project ideas for upcycling the knit fabric from my two skirts?


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